1) Primary sport (s): Ultrarunning
2) Team member since: 2010
3) City/state of residence: Charlottesville, VA
4) Occupation: School counselor and lacrosse coach
5) Goals for 2011: Complete the Lynchburg Ultra Series as top Master Female; Run the 107 miles of the AT through the SNP over three days as an adventure run; and run a PR at Masochist 50 Mile and Hellgate 100K.
6) Notable achievements/memories/PR’s in your sport: I finished Massanutten 100, Western States 100 (in 2006—the HOT year) and Grindstone 100 (twice!). I also completed a R2R2R of the Grand Canyon and I am a five-time finisher of Highland Sky 40 and Hellgate 100K.
7) Favorite inov-8 gear: Flyrock 310
8) List one thing others may not know about you: I was a member of the US Women’s Lacrosse Team back in the day (1982-1984).
9) Favorite energy drink/food: Perpetuem Café Latte, Hammergel, Clif Bloks, Cappucino Ultragen, and egg sandwiches, especially late in a race.
10) Your favorite race and why? A toss-up between Highland Sky 40 and Hellgate 100K: HS has an amazing low-key vibe, with awesome trails, dirt, rocks, and mountain views. It’s also hard as heck! Hellgate starts at midnight in December and forces me to be super organized and prepared…finishing that race is no guarantee, and it always produces interesting race reports. Oh, and Western States 100—I loved the hype, the history, the trail, everything.
11) Advice to other athletes: The sport of ultrarunning is addicting, so take your time to build a solid endurance base and don’t over-race or over-train during those first few years. It takes these years for your body to adjust to all the training, so sit back and enjoy the trails, yourself, meet new friends, and count your blessings that you found such an awesome sport that you can (hopefully) participate in for many years to come!